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Cal Poly to Present ‘Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions’ Webinar on April 28

Mar 29, 2022

Panel speakers Stephanie Shonekan and Keith Jackson

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present a panel discussion webinar titled “Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions” at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, April 28.

This is the third in a series of presentations with guest panelists Stephanie Shonekan, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of music at the University of Missouri (MU), and Keith Jackson, dean of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University (WVU). Cal Poly Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White will again moderate the discussion.

Cal Poly Awards Over $108,000 in Grants for Student Research Projects

Mar 29, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has awarded more than $108,000 to support 33 student research projects through the university’s Baker/Koob endowments, which support hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for individual students and groups. Student projects will be focused on issues including space exploration, machine learning and climate change.

Students from four of Cal Poly’s six colleges were awarded funding and will work with faculty advisors to complete their projects. For many, the projects will serve as part of senior projects or master’s theses.

Cal Poly Finance Team Wins Opening Stage of Global Research Challenge

Mar 24, 2022

Team photo of the five Oralea College of Business students

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business students won the 2021-22 Northern California Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge sponsored by the CFA Society of San Francisco.

It’s the third time Cal Poly has won the competition since 2017. The team advances and next competes against 11 universities from throughout the Western U.S. in the annual global challenge.

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering Dean Elected to National Deans Council Committee

Mar 22, 2022

Photo of Dean Fleischer

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Amy S. Fleischer, dean of Cal Poly’s College of Engineering, will play a significant role in providing vision and leadership to engineering education across the nation as a member of the executive committee of the Engineering Deans Council (EDC).

The EDC is a consortium of deans from all the engineering colleges affiliated with the American Society of Engineering Education and currently has over 350 members, representing 90% of all US engineering deans. Fleischer’s election was announced during the ASEE Engineering Deans Institute annual conference, which was attended by more than 150 engineering deans March 7-10 in Las Vegas.

Cal Poly’s Strategic Business Services Earns Achievement of Excellence Award

Mar 21, 2022

image of the award

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The National Procurement Institute for leading procurement practices recently recognized Cal Poly’s Strategic Business Services (SBS) with the prestigious Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award.

Organizations considered for this award are judged on various categories, including process efficiency, technology implementation, professional certification and innovation.

Annual Tomato Spectacular Plant Sale to Be Held Two Consecutive Weekends in April at Cal Poly

Mar 16, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 75 different types of tomato plants will be available at Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Spectacular plant sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1-2 and April 15-16, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop.

Brandywine, Early Girl, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Vintage Wine, and a selection of cherry tomato plants, including Nature’s Bites, are some of the unique cultivars that will be available during the student-run enterprise project, one of several such hands-on courses offered by the university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Cal Poly Decreases Recycling Contamination with Help from CalRecycle Grant

Mar 15, 2022

Student in front of a pair of campus recycling containers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has decreased recycling contamination on campus by 15 percent, thanks to CalRecycle state grant funds totaling $225,000.

The CalRecycle grant, awarded in late 2019, provided the funds to improve beverage container recycling as part of the university's zero-waste goals. These funds helped the campus decrease recycling contamination from 37 percent in 2019 to 22 percent in 2021.

“We are very excited to see the needle move in a positive direction to reduce waste on campus,” said Anastasia Nicole, CalRecycle Grant lead and Cal Poly’s Zero Waste coordinator for Facilities Management and Development.

Contamination in recycle bins is a considerable obstacle to a successful recycling program; if recycling is not placed in the correct bins, it winds up in a landfill, Nicole said.

Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre to Present ‘Contemporary Musical Theater Songs’ on April 9

Mar 11, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) will present an evening of contemporary musical theater songs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

Seventeen Cal Poly music majors will participate in the production of songs from contemporary musical theater shows. A wide variety of works will be performed, including from well-known and loved shows like “Les Miserables” and “Grease” and the more obscure and cutting edge “SIX” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Cal Poly Music Department to Present Open House Recital on April 9

Mar 11, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Spanos Theatre (No. 44) on campus.

The recital is one of many scheduled events for Cal Poly’s 29th annual Open House.

Cal Poly Team Wins First at National Grocers Association Student Case Study Competition

Mar 7, 2022

Cal Poly team members on stage with winner's big check

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of four Cal Poly Agricultural Business seniors won first place in the National Grocers Association 2022 Student Case Study Competition for their presentation on March 1. This is the second consecutive year that Cal Poly has won first place.

The team included students Carsen Beckwith of Clovis, California; Kaylee Earnshaw of San Jose, California; Megan Poyar of San Luis Obispo; and Brittney Tran of Danville, California. Agribusiness Associate Professor Ricky Volpe advised the team.

Tran said the opportunity to represent Cal Poly at the national level was something she had dreamed of since her freshman year.


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